Independence Day


: a civil holiday for the celebration of the anniversary of the beginnings of national independence
specifically : July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Examples of Independence Day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Good Friday: Friday, March 29 Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19 Independence Day: Thursday, July 4 Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 2 Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 28 Christmas: Wednesday, Dec. 25 Gabe Hauari is a national trending news reporter at USA TODAY. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 For summer fun, make sure to get there around Independence Day for the fireworks show called Addison Kaboom Town. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2024 Bob Dylan is among the Independence Day concert’s performers. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 26 Mar. 2024 The 2024 Independence Day show will take place amid Willie Nelson & Family’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 26 Mar. 2024 The franchise follows the adventures of two Miami cops, and played a role in Smith becoming a movie star, with the first installment coming a year before breakout roles in Independence Day, followed the next summer by Men in Black. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Mar. 2024 Peak grass pollen levels will likely occur around Independence Day, per the report. The Enquirer, 22 Mar. 2024 And over Independence Day weekend both Maroon 5 and Lil Uzi Vert will headline, along with AJR, Carly Rae Jensen, Lil Yachty, JID, Rico Nasty, and Lihtz. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 To stay one step ahead of the high demand—and higher prices—buy your Independence Day airfares three months in advance, according to Hopper’s data. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Independence Day was in 1791

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“Independence Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Independence Day

: a holiday celebrating the beginnings of a nation's independence
especially : July 4 observed as a legal holiday in the U.S. in honor of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

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